Monday, March 10, 2008

March 10, 2008
Big weekend. The First Annual True West Preservation Society Fandango came off Friday night and we had fun. Lots and lots of Western folk from all over the country in attendance. And decked out in great Western wear. Marshall Trimble, Joey Dillon and Don Edwards put on excellent shows and we all had fun.

On Saturday I attended the Fountain Hills Book Fair and spoke to a decent crowd at 2:30.

The Top Secret Project Update
Worked all weekend on campfire scenes. That's Tom Horn, top, left, taken from a photo:

Riffing from Remington:

And riffing from The New York Times (looking for dramatic facial lighting):

Watched Chinatown last weekend and marvelled all over again at how well that movie holds up. On the extra freatures, screenwriter Robert Towne gives up the nugget that in all the Raymond-Chandler-Noir-Detective stories, the femme fatale is always a "black widow," so we expect the worst from Mrs. Mulray (Faye Dunaway) and so does Jake Gittes (Jack Nicholson). At the end of the movie, however, she turns out to be the only pure person in the story. What a brilliant twist.

Speaking of Chinatown, one of the inside jokes in Hollywood, is that in his Oscar winning performance in There Will Be Blood Daniel Day-Lewis modelled (or is that poached?) his voice and speech patterns directly from Walter Huston, who played the arch villain Noah Cross in Chinatown.

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—P.J. O'Rourke

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